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Stobie pole header crash
A 41-year-old Loxton man was reported for
drink driving after he collided with a stobie pole
while towing a header.
The man was driving along First Street towing
a 45-foot farming header when he collided with a
power pole while turning into Tobruk Terrace.
The man blew a blood alcohol reading of 0.107,
more than double the legal limit.
The incident took place on January 5, and he
was subsequently reported and his licence dis-
qualified for six months.
His vehicle was impounded for 28 days, and he
will be summonsed to appear in court at a later
A 21-year-old Loxton man was arrested on
December 30, after he allegedly attempted to
evade police when caught speeding.
The man was detected travelling at 173km/h in
a 110km/h zone and failed to stop when requested
by police a short time later.
He was located a short time later and was
charged with exceeding the speed limit, driving
in a dangerous manner, breaching his P1 licence
and driving to evade police.
The man was refused bail and appeared in the
Berri Magistrates Court.
Double the legal limit
A 22-year-old Glenelg man was reported for
drink driving, after blowing a blood alcohol read-
ing of 0.114.
The man was stopped by police on Monday,
December 29, on Bookpurnong Road for a driv-
ing screening test.
The man was issued with an instant loss of
licence for six months and his vehicle was
impounded for 28 days. He will appear in court
at a later date.
Theft at Wanbi
Police are investigating a theft at Wanbi on
Sunday, December 28, after items were stolen
from an unlocked shed.
A trailer with the registration YFY 240, a gen-
erator, two rotary hoes, two second-hand roller
doors and an air compressor were stolen from the
Walker Flat Road shed.
Anyone with information is urged to call
BankSA Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Assault suspect nabbed
A Loxton man was arrested in December in
connection with an assault that allegedly occurred
on December 7.
Police allege the 32-year-old, along with anoth-
er man, assaulted a man at Loxton.
The man was charged with aggravated assault
causing harm and was bailed to appear in the
Berri Magistrates Court on January 27.
The arrest was the second and final arrest for
Gazania 'pest plant' listing
Gazanias are among the
new additions to a list of
'pest plants' identified by
the State Government.
An additional 24 species
were declared as weeds for
the Murray-Darling Basin on
Gazanias have posed seri-
ous problems for local broad-
acre farmers and fruitgrowers
in recent years, with consistent
calls to have the plant listed as a
'weed to watch'.
Environment and Conservation
Minister Ian Hunter said the
declaration of the weeds,
under the Natural Resources
Management Act 2004, is in
response to requests from the
Natural Resources Management
(NRM) Boards and follows con-
sultation with communities and
"I have prohibited the sale of
all these plants and made the
control or destruction of some of
them enforceable," he said.
"New weeds are creating new
risks for primary production,
natural assets and public health
and safety, so plant declara-
tions must reflect these develop-
"Biosecurity SA and weed
experts from the eight NRM
regions have been comprehen-
sively reviewing the declared
plant schedule to keep weed
management programs in line
with current needs. This includes
new policies on 51 weeds."
Five formerly declared plants,
including onion weed, have been
removed from the declaration
because legislative backing is no
longer needed for control pro-
grams, and policies on 22 other
declared plants, such as salva-
tion Jane, have been updated.
"An important change is the
declaration of buffel grass, an
introduced grass that has invad-
ed the semi-arid rangelands and
is encroaching southwards," Mr
"Buffel grass is known as
a transformer weed as it can
change the character of the veg-
etation over wide areas.
"Other plants now prohibited
from sale anywhere in South
Australia include familiar gar-
den plants such as gazanias,
sweet pittosporum and white
"The regional NRM Boards
have asked me to declare these
weeds now so that we can mini-
mise their spread by coordinated
"We aim to protect native
vegetation, productive lands
and the community from weed
Minister Hunter said the ban
on the sale of gazanias is in
response to concerns by Murray
Mallee primary producers.
He said land owners faced
"costly control challenges from
this invasive daisy and declara-
tion will minimise its further
Other declared weeds of con-
cern in the region include night-
stock, silverleaf nightshade,
buffel grass and white weeping
The new policies on the weeds
are available on the PIRSA web-
Phone 8584 7271
Fax 8584 7547
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
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landowners, with the flowers spreading from road reserves into nearby horticultural and bro adacre properties. Despit e attempts to contr
continued to encroach on existing cereal crops, vineyards and orchards -- competing for moisture and sucking nutrients from the soil. INSE
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Loxton Waikeie An imal an dPlant Conrol Board
by Emma Walter
Local farmers and blockies are
fighting a losing battle against the
"pretty" pest weed -- gazanias.
The South African introduced spe-
cies has spread from road reserves and
-- with a wet 2012 summer -- invaded
neighbouring broadacre and irrigation
Several landowners met with the
Natural Resources Management Board
in Berri last week in an effort to list
gazanias as a declared pest plant.
Loxton farmer Paul Rudiger, who
was among the attendees, said the weed
posed a "huge problem" for the region.
"I was warned nearly 15 years ago
by an older Loxton man, who is sadly
no longer with us, that these plants
were going to get out of control," Mr
"He knew that this South African
plant was going to be a real problem.
At that time they were in the Loxton
"Now they are in the irrigation areas,
on the road reserves and they're not just
close by Loxton, I've seen them out by
"They are increasingly getting worse
Mr Rudiger said what made the weed
particularly hard to cont r ol was its
resistance to chemical sprays.
continued on page 2
The problem of gazanias was highlighted in The Loxton News on
November 7, 2012 (left) and previously on October 15, 2003.
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by Rob McLean
Those colourful flow-
ers brightening up road-
sides and open spaces
are actually a creeping
menace, according to
local plant authorities.
The thousands of gazania
plant s will cause ha voc
among local native plant
sp ecies if they continue to
spread unchecked, according
to Lo xton Waikerie Animal
and Plant Control Board offi-
cer John Garvie.
"It's a nice looking flower,
but it's dangerous," said Mr
Garvie, who described gaza-
nias as a "pest plant".
The plant is native to the
desert region of South Africa
and is freely available from
Mr Garvie said the plant's
hardy nature means it needs
very little water to survive. He
also said it has no natural
predator in Australia.
The Loxt on Waikerie
Council is set to look into the
plant and its effect on the
local environment following
Mr Garvie's expression of
However, Mr Garvie pre-
dicted it will be difficult to
halt the plant's invasive trek
into local parks and gardens,
as regular pesticides will not
He said it will also be
extremely costly to council
and landholders to officially
proclaim the plant a pest.
Mr Garvie said that p ro-
claiming the plant a pest would
open up a "Pandora's box".
"If it's proclaimed, it will set
up a situation where it has got
to be killed on private proper-
ty," Mr Garvie said. "We won't
be too popular if we start
destroying people's gardens."
Mr Garvie said council will
need to consider a way that
the plant can be proclaimed in
He also noted that the plant
was spreading to Katarapko
Island, a n envir on ment in
which it will thrive while
killing off native plants.
Continued page 2...
by Rob McLean
A mineral sands mining project with a
predicted revenue of $1.5 billion is expect-
ed to commence in the Northern Mallee
early next year.
Southern Titanium representatives are informing
landholders of the likely starting time during meet-
ings across the Riverland and Mallee this week.
Southern Titanium company director David Clarke
told The Loxton News that the company should have
its finances settled by Christmas, allowing on site
operations to begin late in January.
"It's getting close to happening after five and a half
years," Mr Clarke said yesterday.
Mr Clarke said Southern Titanium has signed
agreements with the landholders affected by the first
three mining leases, while negotiations are under
way with property owners for the next five runs.
He said the first three leases will have around three
and a half years of mining life.
"It's going to be quite a significant contributor to
the local economy," Mr Clarke predicted. "The min-
ing will be around for a long time and provide good
skilled job opportunities for local people."
Mr Clarke predicted that mining operations could
be conducted across the region for up to 30 years.
Mineral sands strands have been identified
throughout the Northern Mallee, centering on the
Wanbi, Galga and Mindarie areas.
Continued page 3...
Flowers not so pretty for natives
The thousands of gazania plants may look spectacular, bu t spell trouble for local native plant species, ac cording to
Lox ton Waikerie Anim al and Plant Control Board office r John Garvie.
"It sgetting clos e to
happe n ing after five
and a half years "
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Former Loxton High School student Andrew
Casey achieved the pinnacle of his piano journey
so far, being awarded the AMEB seventh grade
piano for leisure state prize for 2014.
At the award ceremony at Elder Hall recently, Andrew
performed one of his examination songs, 'Darren's
Andrew's piano teacher, Maxine Zimmermann said
it was an "honour" for Andrew to have been chosen to
perform at the ceremony and is a step towards his aspired
career in jazz piano.
RIGHT: Andrew is pictured with his proud piano
teacher Maxine Zimmermann and his AMEB seventh
grade piano for leisure state prize for 2014.
Local musician Andrew Casey performing to a crowd at Elder Hall last year as part of his piano studies.
Growers dodge the bunch rot bullet
by Pamela Perre
Riverland wine grape growers have
"dodged the bullet" of bunch rot
-- for now -- following the recent run
of wet and humid weather, according
to a local industry expert.
CCW Co-op senior viticulture officer Ian
Macrae said the region's growers were "very
lucky" so far this season, with local crops
contracting "very little" bunch rot.
"Bunch rot requires a high baume, and at
this stage in the season the baume is rela-
tively low," he said.
"The season has also been good in the
sense that there has been no previous infec-
"We've seemed to dodge the bullet at this
stage, because there have been very little
botrytis (bunch rot) infections.
"There have been some reports of isolated
infections that are worse than that, but in
general there has been very little."
However, Mr Macrae said the potential for
a serious outbreak remained.
"Now that the infection period has
occurred, if there is a significant rain event
when the sugars are a little bit higher, that
could result in quite a serious outbreak,"
"But at this stage, I've been to quite a few
patches over the past week and I haven't
seen any evidence of a serious botrytis
"What we're hoping for is clear conditions
so as to avoid both bunch rot and downy
mildew until vintage."
Mr Macrae said he had also received iso-
lated reports of another wine grape disease
known as bunch stem necrosis.
"I have heard that some growers have lost
up to 30 per cent of their cabernet or sauvi-
gnon patches because of it," he said.
"When you've got it, the first thing you
notice is that there's lots of berries dropping
on the ground.
"I think it's a direct result of a combina-
tion of the heat stress during those very hot
days we had and the wet humid conditions
Riverlanders will be
able to get an influenza
vaccination at their local
pharmacy this year thanks
to a new State Government
Local pharmacists will be
able to directly administer a
flu shot after a similar trial in
Queensland saw 11,000 people
take up the opportunity over a
Health Minister Jack Snelling
said enabling pharmacists to
administer influenza vaccina-
tions would help increase the
immunity of the entire com-
"Influenza is seen by many
people as a relatively harmless
illness, yet it affects thousands
of South Australians each year
and can have a serious impact
on their health," Mr Snelling
"The easiest way to prevent
catching the flu is to get a vac-
cination every year, but many
people have difficulty finding
the time to book an appointment
with their GP.
"Allowing pharmacists to
directly administer the flu shot
will encourage a greater uptake
of the vaccine in 2015.
"Having as many people as
possible vaccinated against
influenza each year will go a
long way towards creating a
healthier community and help-
ing to reduce the additional bur-
den on the health system."
The 2015 flu vaccine is
expected to become available at
the end of March.
Immediate Past President of
the Pharmacy Guild SA, Ian
Todd, said the move reflected
the changing role of pharma-
cists within the community.
"Pharmacies have long been
a place where members of the
public can seek advice from a
trusted, easily accessible health
professional," Mr Todd said.
through pharmacies is a great
way to reach people who may
not have had a flu shot before."
Under the looming changes,
pharmacists will be able to
provide the vaccine to adults
over the age of 16 who are
not already eligible for a free
flu shot as part of the National
Immunisation Program (NIP).
People who are eligible for
the free vaccine as part of the
Annual Influenza Program,
including pregnant women,
people over 65 and those with
underlying health conditions,
will still need to visit their GP to
receive their free vaccination.
Pharmacy flu shots
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